Author of the Week, Carol Thomas
To celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Purrfect Pet Sitter, Carol Thomas is our first Chindi Author to be taking part in our new author of the week slot.
During this week you will be able to discover more about Carol Thomas and her new book across our Chindi social media channels and on blog posts by our super supportive team of Chindi Authors. And to kick the week off, we are happy to welcome Carol to our blog.
Firstly, we would like to offer our congratulations on your publishing contract, do you have anything special planned to celebrate the release of your Ruby Fiction debut?
Thank you. I am very excited and nervously awaiting those early reviews, so I won’t be far away from my computer. However, my husband is taking me out for a special breakfast, and I may be having a glass or two of champagne to celebrate my book’s release.
The Purrfect Pet Sitter sounds great fun, for those who have missed you shouting about it, give us your elevator pitch:
The Purrfect Pet Sitter is a romantic comedy that tells the story of what happens when you rediscover the one you let get away.
And the blurb:
Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!
When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect petsitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!
But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.
As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends, Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.
Your work generally contains elements of comedy, is that a genre you always felt destined to write?
I enjoy reading and writing romance. The comedy element came about in my first novel, Crazy Over You, because I was tackling the subject of infidelity. As that is quite a serious topic, I wanted to balance the book with lighter moments.
Writing The Purrfect Pet Sitter, I was working with a cast of children and animals who naturally gave rise to moments of comedy. I keep notebooks and record anecdotes that make me smile so that when the opportunity arises, I can include them in my stories. I hope as readers encounter them in the book they will make them smile too.
There are plenty of serious things happening in the world at the moment, and so it is good to have the opportunity, as a writer and a reader, to escape into a fictional world of love and laughter.
What are you working on next?
I have started work on two contemporary romance novels, one of which has connections to The Purrfect Pet sitter, and a sequel to my children’s book, Finding a Friend. With my new book to promote I need to make sure I crack on with the writing too. There are never enough hours in the day and, of course, I have some lovely Chindi events coming up through the summer too!
Thank you for joining us on our blog. We hope your author week goes well and wish you every success with The Purrfect Pet Sitter.
Ruby Fiction: http://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/the-purrfect-pet-sitter/
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About the author:
A very active member of the Chindi Authors, Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.
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